Transfer update, Sunderland pre-season clash preview and how Paul Hartley is faring
The new League Two season is almost upon us and the Poolie Podcast returns to look ahead to the new campaign and assess how Paul Hartley’s first pre-season in charge has gone. Pools host North East neighbours Sunderland in their final warm-up fixture before making the trip to Walsall to begin the new season. And with a wave of new signings at the Suit Direct Stadium this summer there’s plenty to consider. Here, our Hartlepool United writer Joe Ramage and Rich Mennear look back over Pools’ pre-season campaign including the defeat to Blackburn Rovers and talk about the signs of encouragement under new manager Hartley so far. There is also a look at Pools’ transfer business this summer, and what might still be to come, and some of the injury concerns facing Hartley ahead of the trip to Walsall. We also discuss some of the latest ground developments at the Suit Direct Stadium as fans get set to make their return to the stands.
July 22, 2022
Hartlepool United transfer latest as Luke Molyneux departs for Doncaster Rovers
Joe Ramage and Rich Mennear bring you all of the latest Hartlepool United transfer news and analysis ahead of the 2022-23 season.
June 23, 2022
Newport Country win discussed and contract situations analysed
The Poolie Podcast returns as our Hartlepool United reporter Joe Ramage and Richard Mennear look back on a busy number of weeks at the Suit Direct Stadium. Pools got back to winning ways last week with a 3-2 win over Newport County as we discuss who stood out at Rodney Parade as well as the significance of that win following the EFL Trophy exit and whether Pools can make a late push towards the play-offs. There is a look at both the EFL Trophy and the FA Cup and the role they have played for Pools this season as well as a look ahead to the summer and some of the key decisions facing Graeme Lee. With a number of players out of contract, we look at who might stay and who could leave the Suit Direct Stadium this summer with Pools set to continue their stay in the Football League next season.
March 21, 2022
Is Wembley on the cards after the penalty shoot-out win over Charlton Athletic?
Richard Mennear and Joe Ramage discuss all things Pools in our latest Poolie Podcast. Transfer business is high on the agenda with Graeme Lee looking to add further players to his squad ahead of the 11pm deadline on Monday. We also reflect on the Papa John's Trophy cup win over Charlton and the business Pools still need to do in the transfer window.
January 27, 2022
Jake Hull and Marcus Carver signings plus Bolton and Blackpool wins and look ahead League Two return
Our Hartlepool United team return with the latest Poolie Podcast - with plenty on the agenda. Richard Mennear is joined by Joe Ramage and the pair discuss the signings of Jake Hull and Marcus Carver as Pools make their first January signings. We also reflect on a big week of cup wins over Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool ahead of the return to League Two action.
January 11, 2022
Our Hartlepool United team return with latest on festive fixtures and January transfer window
Join Richard Mennear and Hartlepool United writer Joe Ramage as our Poolie podcast returns ahead of what is hopefully a busy festive period for Graeme Lee’s side following the postponement of their League Two clash with Colchester United. We discuss how Lee and assistant manager Michael Nelson have settled into life back at the Suit Direct Stadium following their appointment to replace former manager Dave Challinor earlier this month. Pools have won three of their four games in all competitions since Lee’s arrival and will be looking to continue that form when they head to Mansfield on Boxing Day. There is also a look towards the January transfer window and what areas Lee may look to strengthen in his side next month. And we look at Pools’ upcoming cup fixtures with Lee’s side facing two intriguing ties in the New Year as they welcome Bolton Wanderers in the Papa John’s Trophy before an FA Cup third round tie with Blackpool at the Suit Direct Stadium.
December 21, 2021
Dave Challinor's shock departure from Hartlepool United discussed as Pools face Wycombe Wanderers
This week's Poolie Podcast sees Dom Scurr and Joe Ramage joined by our football clubs editor Richard Mennear to discuss Dave Challinor's shock departure from Hartlepool United and look ahead to Saturday's big FA Cup first round tie against Wycombe Wanderers (3pm kick-off).
November 05, 2021
Inside Dave Challinor's new Hartelpool United contract ahead of Stevenage clash
This week's Poolie Podcast sees Dom Scurr joined by our football clubs editor Richard Mennear to discuss Dave Challinor's new contract at Hartlepool United, the appointment of new board members and the latest team and injury news ahead of Saturday's trip to Stevenage (3pm kick-off).
September 29, 2021
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear preview Exeter City clash and look at new signings plus Dave Challinor's contract
This week's Poolie Podcast sees Dom Scurr joined by our football clubs editor Richard Mennear to discuss the latest developments at Hartlepool United, when Dave Challinor's contract is going to be signed as well as a look ahead to Saturday's match against Exeter City at Victoria Park (3pm kick-off).
September 23, 2021
Pools' summer transfer window assessed, Carlisle United games analysed and a look ahead to Tranmere Rovers clash
This week's Poolie Podcast sees Dom Scurr joined by our football clubs editor Richard Mennear and supporter Mark Carroll to discuss the club’s transfer business this summer, recent results against Carlisle United and look ahead to Saturday’s big match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park (3pm kick-off).
September 02, 2021
Behind the scenes at Hartlepool United as Dom Scurr previews Carlisle United clash plus transfer update
Dom Scurr and Rich Mennear discuss some more arrivals and departures behind the scenes at Hartlepool United. Pools have got off to a solid start to life back in League Two and prepare to host Carlisle United at Victoria Park this Saturday. And with transfer deadline day fast approaching, we'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
August 26, 2021
Dom Scurr's verdict on Pools' season so far as Dave Challinor prepares to face Walsall this Saturday
Dom Scurr and Rich Mennear are joined by Hartlepool United fan Stephen Lock to discuss the club's fortunes in the opening weeks of the 2021-22 campaign. Pools have won one and lost two of their opening three matches and are preparing to host winless Walsall at Victoria Park this Saturday. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
August 19, 2021
Hartlepool's adventure into League Two begins as Dom Scurr talks transfers and campaign hopes
Dominic Scurr and Richard Mennear look ahead to Hartlepool United's League Two campaign. It's just two days until Pools kick-off their competitive campaign at home to Crawley Town on August 7. It's been a busy and hectic summer at Victoria Park but there is plenty of excitement in the air. Several new signings are expected in the coming weeks as well with Dave Challinor looking to strengthen his squad. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
August 05, 2021
Analysing Hartlepool United's poor pre-season following Blyth Spartans loss as League Two season looms
Dom Scurr and Joe Nicholson discuss Hartlepool United's pre-season so far and look ahead to the new League Two campaign. It's just over a week until Pools kick-off their competitive campaign at home to Crawley Town on August 7. But after three straight pre-season defeats, the optimism is quickly fading. But Pools are looking to bring several new signings in before the start of the season. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
July 28, 2021
Transfer and contract talk as Hartlepool United make it to the Football League
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear are joined by lifelong Pools fan Ronnie Chambers to discuss the club's promotion to the Football League and look ahead to the new season. It's been over two weeks since Hartlepool secured a dramatic penalty shoot-out promotion from the National League and now the dust has settled, things are reasonably quiet at the moment. There's a month to go until the League Two season gets underway but Pools are yet to confirm a new player contract or signing so far this summer. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
July 06, 2021
Hartlepool United v Torquay United - National League play-off final special
Richard Mennear is joined by the Hartlepool Mail's Dominic Scurr and lifelong Pools supporters Lee Crowe and Steve Arrundale - and there's only one thing on the agenda. The National League play-off, as Dave Challinor's men take Torquay United at Bristol City's Ashton Gate for a place in the Football League.
June 18, 2021
Hartlepool United's 3-2 play-off win over Bromley discussed as we look ahead to Sunday's semi-final at Stockport County
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear reflect on Hartlepool United's fantastic 3-2 play-off win over Bromley and look ahead to Sunday's semi-final at Stockport County. The performances of Nicky Featherstone will be discussed as well as the latest team news looking ahead to Sunday's crunch match. We'll have analysis on all that, a small preview of Pools' pre-season plans and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
June 10, 2021
1,700 Poolies returned to Victoria Park against Weymouth ahead of Bromley play-off clash on Sunday
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear reflect on a positive weekend for Hartlepool United and look ahead to the play-offs. Dave Challinor's side beat Weymouth 4-0 in front of 1,700 Poolies at Victoria Park to wrap up their regular 2020-21 National League season. Now they prepare to host Bromley in the play-offs this Sunday. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
June 03, 2021
Dave Challinor to Tranmere Rovers talk, Sutton analysis, selection dilemmas and the concerns, play-off semi-final preview
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear reflect on a disappointing weekend for Pools at Sutton and look ahead to the return of fans to Victoria Park this weekend. Dave Challinor's side were beaten 3-0 at Gander Green Lane on Sunday as fans returned to watch Sutton win the National League title. We also discuss Pools' team selection dilemmas and the concerns for the side heading into the play-offs. We'll have analysis on all of that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast
May 25, 2021
Analysis as Pools travel to face Aldershot Town and look to keep their top-three hopes alive
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear look ahead to a potentially decisive weekend of National League action for Hartlepool United. Following back-to-back defeats, Pools travel to face Aldershot Town as they look to keep their top-three hopes alive with some crucial games elsewhere in the division. We'll have the latest team and injury news with Luke Armstrong and Gary Liddle set to return to the side this weekend. We'll also have discussion regarding the return of fans and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
May 12, 2021
Analysis as Pools set for CRUCIAL weekend in National League against Chesterfield on BT Sport
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear look ahead to a crucial weekend of National League action. After two weeks without a game, Pools return to playing in front of the BT Sport cameras against play-off chasing Chesterfield before travelling to play Bromley less than 48-hours later. We'll have the latest on the transfer and injury front too following the recall of Richie Bennett to Stockport County and Ryan Johnson's return to training. We'll have analysis on that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
April 29, 2021
Dom Scurr's transfer update as our team discuss Hartlepool United's 7-2 thrashing of Wealdstone
Join Dom Scurr and Joe Nicholson for another edition of the Poolie Podcast. Hartlepool United are fresh from a 7-2 thrashing of Wealdstone. Indeed, Pools' upcoming National League home match against Chesterfield has been selected for live BT Sport coverage. The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1 on Saturday, May 1 at a slightly later kick-off time of 5:20pm.
April 21, 2021
Transfer business, National League chances, Ben Killip injury blow, Dave Challinor provides squad update
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear take you through this week's Hartlepool United news. That includes the news that goalkeeper Ben Killip has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the 2020-21 season following further specialist assessment. Pools feared for their number one after he was forced off early in the 2-2 draw at Boreham Wood on Easter Monday with an elbow injury as forward Rhys Oates had to replace him in goal. We'll have analysis on that and more in the latest edition of the Poolie Podcast.
April 15, 2021
Transfers, contacts and Dave Challinor discussed ahead of crucial Easter weekend in National League - can Hartlepool United bag six points?
Dom Scurr and Richard Mennear are joined by Pools fan Mark Carroll for the second edition of the Poolie Podcast. During this episode, the team chats about potential transfers and the contract situation at the club plus manager Dave Challinor's latest press conference. We also take a look a Hartlepool's upcoming Easter games against Dagenham & Redbridge and Boreham Wood.
April 01, 2021
Dominic Scurr discusses all things Hartlepool United during the Mail's new Pools podcast
The Hartlepool Mail's chief football writer Dominic Scurr is joined by football clubs editor Richard Mennear and Pools fan Steve Arrundale for the first episode of our brand new Poolie Podcast. In this episode, we discuss the National League, Hartlepool United's chances of promotion and good form. And we'll also hear from Pools striker Luke Williams following his return from injury.
March 25, 2021